Force Quit

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3 days ago 2020-07-05, 07:48 UTC
Last commit: [c5b4cea2] Fix tooltip l10n & use symbolic icon (#2993)

Click on the applet to launch xkill and force any window to quit immediately



Required package in Arch Linux/Manjaro:


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LinuxOnTheDesktop-10 months ago
Nice idea. Unfortunately, and on Mint 19.2 Cinnamon at least, the applet's icon appears in black on a dark panel, rendering the icon almost indiscernible.
Lowrida-2 months ago
Indeed. How can we change that icon? I tried replacing all gtk-cancel.png with a better one, but that did not help.
Marcosdw-5 months ago
Yes i agree "the applet's icon appears black on a dark panel, rendering the icon almost indiscernible."
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Santiago Burgos-1 year ago
@fixer1234 @Dannation: in the case of Archlinux/Manjaro/Any Arch derivative, the package is named "xorg-xkill", once you install this package the applet works as intended, I have the same issue as you guys and I figure it out that in Mint and Arch the package is named differently
Dannation-1 year ago
Similar to fixer1234 (lol at that username btw), I too am using this with a Manjaro Cinnamon installation, but I can't say that I've ever experienced this little applet not just working perfectly. While I do agree that the applet description could stand to be a bit more verbose in its description of how the applet works, I've always felt it was pretty self explanatory when your cursor changes to an X right after clicking on this "Force Quit" applet what the next step was. Just in case fixer1234 ever reinstalls Manjaro, and after a very quick glance at the xkill man page, this applet seems to function exactly as if you simply executed xkill in a terminal without any arguments. So that means there's no drop-down menu, no command line prompt, and it doesn't immediately close whatever window was previously in focus. As stated in the xkill manual: "xkill will display a special cursor as a prompt for the user to select a window to be killed. If a pointer button is pressed over a non-root window, the server will close its connection to the client that created the window." And some caveats: "This command does not provide any warranty that the application whose connection to the X server is closed will abort nicely, or even abort at all. All this command does is to close the connection to the X server. Many existing applications do indeed abort when their connection to the X server is closed, but some can choose to continue." I'd also like to clarify fixer1234's reply to his own comment in that you do not "drag and drop" the floating "X", rather, your cursor turns into an X and then the next window you click on is what is killed. I can't say exactly how many times this little applet has helped me out, but I will say, it's more than I'd like to admit, and definitely more than most other applets I've used. Thanks to the creator!
fixer1234-2 years ago
I got an email response from Niko Krause suggesting that the issue might be that the required xkill command might not be installed by default in Arch/Manjaro, and suggesting that I verify/install it and retest. I'm reposting that info in case anyone else encounters the problem. Unfortunately, I no longer have Manjaro installed so I can't test this.
fixer1234-2 years ago
I added this to a new Manjaro Cinnamon installation. Left-clicking on the applet icon has no effect on anything. Right-clicking brings up the usual meta choices. It isn't clear how this is supposed to work, so I can't tell if it's malfunctioning. I had several windows open but nothing frozen, so any window could be closed normally. Is the applet supposed to present a list of open windows to pick from for closure (didn't happen), present a command line or entry window to specify the name of the program to kill (may not be known so not useful, but didn't happen), close whatever window is in focus (didn't happen), close the first window you click on after activating the applet (didn't happen), recognize and kill only frozen windows (no unresponsive window, so I couldn't test that), or something else?
fixer1234-2 years ago
After posting, I installed Mint Cinnamon on another computer and this applet worked there. It might be worth adding a description that clicking the applet produces a floating "X" that you drag and drop on the window to kill. So the applet works in Mint but not Manjaro.
nada mas que excelente marcas con la x la ventana abierta y se cierra automáticamente en menos de un segundo una gran solución para steam que no lo soporta muy bien mi poca memoria interna y ram -_-